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PUBLIC swimming pools in Canberra should have dedicated swimming times for trans and gender diverse people, according to the ACT Greens.

Greens MLA Andrew Braddock.

ACT Greens Member for Yerrabi, Andrew Braddock MLA, will be calling on the ACT Government to provide inclusive swimming timetables for gender-specific and gender-diverse community members.

“Swimming is part of the Australian way of life and a vital life skill, but some struggle to access a safe, culturally appropriate, and inclusive swimming environment,” Braddock said.

Braddock’s call follows consultation with multicultural and LGBTQIA+ organisations who argue that inclusive swimming times will create a safe space for  marginalised groups.

“It’s clear some community members currently do not use our public pools due to religious reasons or concerns about accessing a safe, respectful and supportive swimming environment,” he said.

“The ACT government owns and contracts out management of many public swimming pools and each of these should be guided by a common policy that embeds inclusive schedules as a standard,” he said.

President of the Multicultural Association of Canberra Nishi Puri, said:

“Women only sessions will provide a space where women can feel comfortable and enjoy the benefits of swimming or learning to swim. This will reduce social and cultural barriers, particularly for women from migrant communities.”

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